01:27PM | 05/03/07
Member Since: 05/02/07
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I have an old 1910 2 story brick house with forced air for heating and cooling. There are 4 bedrooms upstairs and each room has a vent to blow the air into the rooms from the furnace. There are no cold air returns upstairs. In the winter time it tends to stay warm enough upstairs but the problem is the summer is very hot upstairs. I was thinking about attempting to add a few air returns towards the ceiling hoping this will help a bit. the vents that blow the air into the rooms are all on the interior walls of the rooms. My question is would it be best to attempt to add the air returns in each bedroom? and if so would it still work effectively if I placed them on the exterior walls seen how the vents are on the interior? Or could one larger return vent be placed in the hall way which would be directly in the center of the hall (equal distances from each bedroom door) It might be easier to do this because there is an old chimney that is only used to vent our furnance with a aprox 3-4 inch pipe, there would be plenty of room to add decent sized air return duct work which would feed directly to where the furnance is located in the basement?

I was tempted to add a a/c unit in the attic but this was going to be expensive so I thought short of doing that I could spend some time attempting a few cold air returns

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



09:13AM | 05/04/07
Member Since: 05/02/07
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That makes perfect sense. So would putting the returns in each room be the best method? and would it matter where I place them? the forced air vents are all on the interior walls would it still work effectively if the returns were on the exterior side?


09:54AM | 05/04/07
Member Since: 05/02/07
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Thanks for the advice.


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